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Title: Gestural Communication in Nonhuman and Human Primates
Edited By: Katja Liebal
Cornelia Müller
Simone Pika
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 10

Research into gestures represents a multifaceted field comprising a wide
range of disciplines and research topics, varying methods and approaches,
and even different species such as humans, apes and monkeys. The aim of
this volume (originally published as a Special Issue of Gesture 5:1/2
(2005)) is to bring together the research in gestural communication in both
nonhuman and human primates and to explore the potential of a comparative
approach and its contribution to the question of an evolutionary scenario
in which gestures play a significant role. The topics covered include the
spontaneous natural gesture use in social groups of apes and monkeys, but
also during interactions with humans, gestures of preverbal children and
their interaction with language, speech-accompanying gestures in humans as
well as the use of sign-language in human and nonhuman great apes. It
addresses researchers with a background in Psychology, Primatology,
Linguistics, and Anthropology, but it might also function as an
introduction and a documentation state of the art for a wider less
specialised audience which is fascinated by the role gestures might have
played in the evolution of human language.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222401
ISBN-13: 9789027222404
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 128.00